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Memoria | Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s metaphysical drama starring Tilda Swinton

“A powerful meditation on connection, spiritual isolation and renewal”
Screen Daily

“Hypnotic… a unique cinematic voice”
Empire

From Sovereign comes the release of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria, a meditative exploration of memory and the human condition, starring Tilda Swinton on Blu-ray and DVD (released 8 August).

Winner of the Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Memoria starts with a literal bang, as Swinton embarks on a lyrical and profound journey into the senses that Indiewire describes as “a transfixing deep-dive into the profound challenges of relating to people and places”. The journey leads to an unexpected and extraordinary revelation where, as the actress, herself explains, “all the wisdom in the world is being revealed to this person at this moment”.

Visiting her sister in Bogota, Jessica (Swinton) is awoken by a loud bang, audible only to her. Restless and disoriented, she roams the city in search of an explanation for the mysterious sound, becoming immersed in the aural richness around her – whispers in a hospital room, sound effects playing in an editing studio, indiscreet noises from a city square. Despite being present throughout, Jessica’s motives remain opaque and her encounters enigmatic. Soon she begins to confront the unsettling sights and sounds that call her identity into question.

Memoria is available on all digital platforms now, and from 8 August as a Special Limited Edition Collector’s Dual format Blu-ray +DVD, including the UK Theatrical Poster and a collector’s booklet featuring specially commissioned writing about this haunting, mesmeric classic. A standalone DVD edition is also available.

LIMITED EDITION DUAL FORMAT EXTRAS:
* Collector’s Edition Booklet – A collection of interviews and articles, including notes from British writer Tony Rayns, plus cast & crew biographies, presented in a specially printed limited run booklet, which also contains additional behind-the-scenes photos and film stills from the production.

* Q&A with Simon Field – Tilda Swinton talks with Simon Field at the ICA as they discuss Memoria, from the film’s inception, how she became involved, filming in Colombia, and how audiences have received the film worldwide (30m).

* Q&A with Peter Bradshaw – The film critic talks with Tilda Swinton and director Apichatpong Weerasethakul in a fascinating insight into the making of Memoria (27m).

* Roundtable Discussion – Simon Field, Tilda Swinton, director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, producer Diana Bustamante, editor Lee Chatametikool, and sound designer Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr each offer their own specialist insights into the making of Memoria.

* Behind the Scenes – Get a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes in three specially selected sequences from the on-location shoot of Memoria in Colombia.

* Photo gallery – A special selection of stills going behind the scenes of Memoria.

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